Travelling around Thailand as a family is one of the best experiences you’ll ever have; culture, traditions, and amazing sights which you share together. Whilst the temples and cultural side of things are certainly something you need to check out with the kids, to open their eyes to the wonder that is Thailand and its traditions, you also need to throw in a few purely fun activities, to stop them getting burnt out from sightseeing, and to help them run off steam, and wind down.
Obviously Thailand is a large country, and it all depends on where you’re visiting, but if you’re heading to any of the following popular destinations, here’s a few ideas on what to do and where to go with your little ones.
If you’re visiting Phuket you are going to be spoilt for choice when it comes to occupying the kids, and most of the suggestions are nature-based. Phuket Bird Park has hundreds of different types of birds for your little ones to visit, which is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Of course, elephant rides are a definite must do, as part of an eco-tour, and heading through the jungle on the back of one of these majestic creatures is a memory they will keep with them forever. Alternatively, a mountain biking tour through Koh Yao is a great idea.
The popular island paradise of Koh Samui is full of natural activities again, and Ang Thong Marine National Park is a fantastic place to explore as a family, with kayaking, snorkelling, and other water-based fun to enjoy. Coco Splash Adventure & Water Park has huge water slides and swimming opportunities, and Paradise Park Farm is a must visit, situated on Khao Pom, with stunning panoramic views of the island.
Obviously the city is bustling with attractions to enjoy, and Siam Ocean World is one of them. This has the perk of being situated in the Siam Paragon Mall, so you can combine this attraction with a spot of shopping! Here you can spot huge sharks, rays, and other marine-life, in massive water tanks. This is one the kids will love.
Lumpini Park is a great spot for running off steam, and you will also see lizards running around too! Alternatively, a visit to the floating market at Amphawa, which is around one hour out of the city, will show them culture and be a really fun activity to enjoy.
In Northern Thailand you will find the popular city of Chiang Mai, and despite the fact many people come here as a gateway to the mountainous north, there is still plenty to see and do. Chiang Mai Zoo is a great day out, as well as a night safari for some wildlife spotting. Elephant Nature Park is where you can visit elephants and learn about how they are rehabilitated, helping to feed them too – remember to book ahead of time for this attraction.
If you are lucky enough to head to this northern town, high in the mountains, you will be treated to stunning views and nature, which the kids will obviously love. Most activities here tend to be outdoorsy, so trekking, walking, and climbing are all popular, however a visit to Tham Lod Cave is a great way to spend a few hours, where you float through the caves on a bamboo raft.